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Tokyo Olympics: Hannah Mills and Mohamed Sbihi named as Team GB’s first joint flag bearers | Olympics News

Both sailors Hannah Mills and rower Muhammad Sbihi won gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics; they will share the honor at Friday’s opening ceremony following the UNHCR’s March 2020 directive, in which each group can have a flag representing both sexes

Last updated: 22.07.07 21 6:30 am

Hannah Mills will be the first female sailor to carry the Union flag

Hannah Mills will be the first female sailor to carry the Union flag

Olympic champions Hannah Mills and Muhammad Sbihi were introduced as the first Team GB joint flag bearers at the opening ceremony in Tokyo on Friday.

The pair will share the honor following an instruction from the International Olympic Committee in March 2020, in which each group can have a flag to represent both sexes.

Mills, 33, won the gold medal in the women’s 470th class in 2016 alongside Saskia Clark and will defend her title in Tokyo with her new husband, Eilid McIntyre.

Sbihi, who is the fourth rower to be named as a flag bearer, won gold in the men’s coke quadruple in Rio and will compete in the eight-man event in the Japanese capital.

The British Olympic Association said Mills and Sbihi, who were selected by a group of GB and nominated by their respective species, are athletes who “exemplify Olympic values ​​and values ​​of pride, responsibility, respect and unity in the team. GB support ”.

Mills, who will be the first female rower to carry the Union flag, said: “She will be asked to raise the flag for the GB team at the opening ceremony of the Olympics, which is not a sentence I always thought.

“When (Chef de Mission) Mark (England) told me they chose me, it was absolutely incredible and when I thought for a moment about what that meant, I was very emotional.

“It’s the greatest pride in my career and I hope more than ever that these Games can lift our country and capture invaluable sporting moments to inspire the nation.”

Mills and Sbihi follow Andy Murray, who hoisted the flag at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Sbihi, who is participating in his third Games, said: “It’s such an honor to be invited to be the flagship of the GB team.

“It’s one of the highlights of the Olympic movement – people remember those pictures. I certainly remember Andy’s pictures from Rio, and even before I was a rower, I remember seeing Sir Matt and Steve Steve, so I remember I’m very proud of it. “

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